The Ideas Exchange

Policy Eye Northern Ireland is the region’s leading policy events brand. Powered by Chambré, Policy Eye conferences and seminars are designed to facilitate the exchange of ideas and encourage better public policy.

Our events bring together policymakers and sector experts to discuss the most important issues facing Northern Ireland today. Whatever your organisation’s focus, our events provide a forum for you to meet and have your opinions listened to by those making the policy that affects you.

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Making Planning Work, Seminar 2: The Role of Councils in Placemaking

On 30 January 2018, Northern Ireland’s planning system will be discussed at a half day seminar organised by Eye on the Hill Events in partnership with the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA). The seminar, the second in the ‘Making Planning Work’ series, is a must-attend for councillors, planners…

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Making planning work – Seminar 1

Working with developers, meeting communities’ great expectations It’s now two years since Northern Ireland adopted a two-tier planning system. The new system is now well-established.  However, councillors and developers still have many questions about precisely how they should work together. How, for instance, can councillors deliver on their communities’…

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Skills and Apprenticeships January 2017

Realising Our Potential: Addressing the Skills Gap in Northern Ireland In a fiercely competitive global economy, it is essential that Northern Ireland’s workers have the right mix and level of skills. Without skilled workers, Northern Ireland will be unable to attract Foreign Direct Investment, support home-grown businesses or build…

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Starting the Local Development Plan Process

It’s been nearly two years since Eye on The Hill Events last examined Local Development Plans. These important documents will guide the future use of land and set out the policy framework to determine development proposals in their council area. This autumn, a number of councils are expected to…

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The New Assembly: Making Sense of It All

With the election over, the MLAs are once again occupying the blue benches at Stormont, and the processes of government are in motion. But what do the next five years hold in store for the Northern Ireland Assembly? The party make-up of the Assembly is very similar to the…

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The New Northern Ireland Planning System: One Year On

Last April, Northern Ireland’s planning system received its biggest shake-up in over forty years. Planning powers were returned to local councils for the first time since 1972. Since then, we have seen significant progress. The much-delayed Single Planning Policy Statement was published last September. And, recently, Antrim and Newtownabbey became…

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Energy Supply in Northern Ireland

Energy bills are a significant expense for householders and small business alike.  Around 42% of NI households experience fuel poverty, while 31% of FSB members highlight energy prices as a barrier to growth. If Northern Ireland is to protect its most vulnerable, and grow its economy, it is essential…

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Business Rates in Northern Ireland: The Case for Change

Non-domestic rating is a vital form of taxation, raising some £592m of revenue for regional and local Government in Northern Ireland. However, it is also a significant expense for the businesses that are the lifeblood of the local economy. On 26 October 2015, Finance Minister Arlene Foster, launched a…

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